Sales executive, Nike, aged 30
Managing accounts for Nike’s fashion-led ranges – the sports fashion crossover collection found in ‘cool’ retailers such as London’s Dover Street Market and Urban Outfitters – Harry Farnsworth already has a much broader experience than many people older than him.
Farnsworth was on Arcadia’s 12-month fast-track scheme in 2001 and was given the Dorothy Perkins and Burton store in Guildford to manage when he completed the scheme. After a year, however, he was ready for a new challenge.
“I’m very much a brand guy and wanted to be in a more creative environment,” he says, so working in the then new Diesel flagship in Covent Garden was just the thing. Importantly, Diesel opened Farnsworth’s eyes to the world of wholesale and after two years with the brand he moved to Sixty Group, working on Energie and Sixty Men in the UK. “It was a good, fun atmosphere and we got to work on product development,” he says. Quiksilver UK and VF Corp’s Wrangler followed before Farnsworth joined Nike.
“It was wholesale that resonated with me and represented my ideal,” he says. “The products work for me – I’m a consumer of brands and a genuine lover of brands. And now I’m combining my love of brands with my major interest in sport. It keeps life exciting.”